Julie Mansfield lives life in a hurry. Her Woodbridge home is uncluttered but her life seems as crowded as a life could be. Aside from family commitments she has three children and an anaesthetist husband Julie is actively involved in Churches Together in Woodbridge & Melton, a multiple church initiative with a muscular approach to social and community projects.
"People who get involved with CTWM are motivated to do things," she says. "We meet four times a year and these gatherings generate plenty of ideas for improving community support facilities." Current examples of CTWM activity are the Credit Union, which meets every Thursday morning at the Salvation Army Hall in Woodbridge (see page 5) and the Town Pastors initiative which will start its weekend beat from April (see page 3).
CTWM initiatives are a good example of Julies outward-bound approach to faith and religion in general. "Church is just one small part of the religious experience," she believes. "Its more about people and I believe we can find God is in everything around us. God is indefinable by his very nature."
Brought up in Scotland in the Presbyterian tradition, Julie came to Woodbridge 11 years ago and has been making her mark ever since. Christian Aid, the Ipswich soup scheme for those in need and general people engagement ideas and practical help are all part of the mix.
Church, she stresses, is not just about going to a building on Sunday and then forgetting about it for the rest of the week. You live the life and you get out there because God "is just as likely to be down in the gutter as up in the sky."
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